Meet Our Pediatric Rehabilitation Team
Meet Our Pediatric Occupational Therapy Team
Theresa is a pediatric occupational therapist at South Shore Health.
Crystal always wanted to help people. Beginning her journey into the OT field at Springfield College, a foundation of working with children was laid as she worked at the campus daycare and as an aide for children with Autism. Her love for working with children has continued at South Shore Health for more than 10 years. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family/friends and going to the beach.
Clinical Interests: Pediatrics, Autism care
Julie Garber, OTR/L has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist at South Shore Hospital since 2016. An alumnus of St. Ambrose University (1995), her passion to help children reach their potential along with her work experiences in early intervention, school-based therapy, and private practice guide her practice daily. She is passionate about working with patients who have a variety of developmental delays, sensory processing/modulation challenges, Autism, or physical challenges from a stroke or traumatic brain injury. She has special training in Autism, sensory processing, Therapeutic Listening®, and is a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM). A mother of eight, in her free time she enjoys baking, gardening, and time with her family.
Clinical Interests: Developmental delays, Autism, sensory challenges
Wilma Rizal-Bilton, MS, OTR/L, CDP has worked as an occupational therapist for more than 25 years. She graduated from the Boston School of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University where she earned her master’s degree. Wilma is passionate about quality care and the role of occupational therapy interventions in helping patients across all age groups, from pediatrics to geriatrics. She has worked in a variety of settings including school systems, acute hospitals, and subacute rehab. Wilma currently works in both home care and outpatient rehab. Wilma is a Certified Dementia Practitioner with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Wilma enjoys yoga, running, and traveling with her family. She also enjoys volunteer outreach visits to local health care facilities to support both patients and staff with her therapy support dog, Manny.
Clinical Interests: Pediatric and geriatric neuro-rehab
Meet Our Pediatric Physical Therapy Team
Kristen earned her bachelor's degree from Simmons College in 2009 and associate degree in PTA from New England Institute of Technology in 2012. She is passionate about and specializes in treating pediatrics and aquatic therapy. In her free time, she enjoys the beach, being with family, traveling, and gardening.
Clinical Interests: Pediatrics, aquatic therapy
Kathy Clark is a physical therapist who has more than 25 years of experience treating pediatric patients. She graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy and has worked at South Shore Health since 2003. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings, including early intervention, school-based programs, acute inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation. Kathy employs skilled aquatic- and land-based treatments and she is passionate about treating infants and children of all ages, especially those with neurological and developmental needs. Kathy enjoys spending her free time with her family.
Clinical Interests: Infant development, torticollis/plagiocephaly, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental delay, aquatic physical therapy
Katie Cotter, PT, DPT graduated from Quinnipiac University with her master’s degree in Physical Therapy. She then went to MGH Institute of Health Professions to obtain her doctoral degree. Katie has been practicing physical therapy for over 15 years and is extremely passionate about pediatrics and aquatics. Outside of work, Katie is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with her family and friends outside, especially at the beach.
Clinical Interests: Pediatrics, aquatic therapy
Andrea Ferreira, PTA earned her associate degree in Physical Therapist Assistance at New England Institute of Technology in 2012. She also has a bachelor's degree in Science with a concentration in Motor Development Therapy. Andrea has experience working within multiple clinical settings, including outpatient, inpatient, and acute care. She has been at South Shore Health since 2015. This experience in multiple settings has allowed her to treat patients of all ages, from pediatric to adult, as well as aquatic therapy. She enjoys treating patients with neurological diagnoses. Andrea is Bilingual in English and Portuguese.
Clinical Interests: Neurological diagnoses
Meet Our Pediatric Speech-Language Pathology Team
Lindsay Cagney has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist at South Shore Health since 2019. She earned her degree from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2018 with a concentration in Voice Disorders. She is passionate about working with the pediatric population to help children find their individual voices. Lindsay enjoys working with children demonstrating language delays and facilitating early language development. She strives to empower parents/caregivers to work toward creating daily language opportunities for growth within their home environment. Lindsay also enjoys working with individuals who are experiencing vocal dysfunction or vocal fatigue. Outside of work, Lindsay enjoys performing in theater, singing, and crafting.
Clinical Interests: Early language, Autism, phonological disorders, functional voice disorders
Kate is a pediatric speech-language pathologist at South Shore Health.
Jillian Watson has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist at South Shore Health since 2015, after earning her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University. She previously studied Linguistics and Spanish at UC Santa Barbara, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. Jillian enjoys working with pediatric patients and their families to develop and strengthen their functional communication skills and social interactions. In her free time, Jillian enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.
Clinical Interests: Autism, social language, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), speech sound disorders